Tag Archives: addiction recovery

Addiction Recovery – A Sports Analogy

Posted on September 30, 2014

​How do you change from a team you’ve supported for a long while?

-HughK, SMART Recovery Facilitator
 

SupportersImagine you are in a stadium FULL of people. The game is drawn and the outcome hangs in the balance.

One team gets the ball, heads towards their scoring end and the crowd, or half the crowd, starts to cheer!

They score! Half the stadium goes WILD! The other half groans! It is the same actual event that they both see – the emotion and depth of their reactions depends on which side they support, and how intensely emotional they feel about their team.

In addiction recovery I was attempting to change teams from the Addiction NAL (in the National Addiction League), to the Engaged NWL (in the National Wellness League). These two teams constantly played off in the Super Bowl of my life!

Some of my family and some of my friends couldn’t understand WHY I ever supported Addiction NAL. But I had my reasons: Continue reading

Watch Us Make History

Posted on September 23, 2014

​We’re making history this weekend with our 20th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Conference​

Live Streaming
 
Our 2014 Annual Conference will be streamed live on the Internet from the National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C. this weekend. This is a first for us and we are grateful to a very generous donor whose support has made this possible.

High-quality video will be available and requires little more than a high-speed Internet connection.
 
 

September 27-28, 2014

Live Streaming
Download the Agenda​

View the Conference

Viewing Schedule:

9/27 (Saturday) 8:45am – 4:30pm (edt)
9/28 (Sunday) 8:45am – 12:30pm (edt)

Test Your Connection ahead of time and we’ll see you this weekend!

[Test Your Streaming Connection]

Twitter Fans: Use #smartcon to share your conference experience.

Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will be opening the conference – a history making event that you won’t want to miss.

Open Event: This is an open event, all are welcome, and there is no charge for viewing. Please use the social media icons below to help us spread the word. Continue reading

At Risk for Relapse?

Posted on September 2, 2014

7 Risk factors for relapse
-Bill Abbott, SMART Recovery® Facilitator

7 Risks for Relapse

Over the course of time I’ve observed several sets of circumstances that seem to increase the risk of a person with an addictive problem to sustain a relapse – that is, falling back to the former behavior. I must honestly state that this is an observational piece and I am not sure that there is any science behind it. Nevertheless it certainly does make sense that some of these circumstances do heighten the risk for  a temporary or even permanent stepping out of the stages-of-change process which we call addiction recovery.

7 Risk Factors for Relapse

      Fantasy
      Rumination
      Boredom
      Persisting Frustration
      Intense Emotion
      Social Disconnection
      Opportunity

    What follows is a short description of each of these.

    Fantasy By this I mean thinking about a possible future scenario Continue reading

    Celebrate SMART Recovery’s 20th Anniversary

    Posted on August 26, 2014

    Annual Conference
    September 26-28, 2014 Washington, D.C.
    Exploring the Power of Choice

    Registration Deadline: August 28, 2014.

    SMART Recovery Annual ConferenceWould you like a deeper connection to SMART Recovery? Interested in celebrating SMART’s 20th anniversary and networking with other volunteers? Want to learn more about the science behind SMART? Interested in SMART’s plans for the future?

    The 2014 SMART Annual Conference will be held in the heart of Washington, D.C., at the Grosvenor Auditorium at the National Geographic Headquarters. In keeping with the spirit of the National Geographic, the theme is Exploring the Power of Choice. This conference is geared to inform and inspire, with session topics covering SMART tools, organizational updates, future plans, and with addiction recovery professionals speaking on mindfulness, recovery advocacy, history of recovery, and more.

    Volunteers, online and face-to-face meeting participants, Board members and friends of SMART Recovery can expect to enjoy an impressive line-up of accomplished speakers and topics:

    Speakers

      Michael Botticelli, Acting Director, ONDCP Opening Remarks

      Tom Horvath, Ph.D., ABPP, President: “SMART 101”

      Shari Allwood, Exec Director: SMART Worldwide

      William L. White, Sr. Research Consultant: History of the Recovery Movement (rec.)

      Jonathan von Breton, MA, CCMHC: SMART Tools

      Peter Gaumond, ONDCP: Recovery Advocacy

      Steve Gumbley, MA, ACDP II: Recovery Advocacy

      Hank Robb, Ph.D., ABPP: Becoming Mindful

      …and more

    Optional Excursion

    An optional sightseeing tour of the Washington D.C. area will kick off the event Continue reading

    Overcoming Addictions – Recovery Web App

    Posted on August 19, 2014

    Scientifically Supported Recovery Option

    Overcoming AddictionsLooking for a personalized, structured plan of attack for making positive changes in support of your addiction recovery?

    Overcoming Addictions (OA) is a new alternative in the spectrum of recovery options. It is a confidential and interactive web app that can help you achieve and maintain abstinence from addictions.

    OA is an abstinence-oriented, cognitive behavioral, internet application based on the program of SMART Recovery. SMART Recovery is an organization that has adapted empirically supported treatment strategies for use in a mutual help framework with in-person meetings, online meetings, a forum, and other resources. Continue reading

    How to Help a Loved One Find Addiction Recovery

    Posted on August 12, 2014

    Alternatives for Family & Friends
    -Roxanne A., SMART Recovery® Facilitator

    depression Chances are you were never taught how to manage a relationship with someone who is struggling with a substance abuse problem. You may find that without the necessary skills, your role as a family member or friend of someone with addiction becomes increasingly stressful as the addiction progresses.

    Ignoring the problem or attempting to change it with harsh confrontation often makes the emotional, financial and physiological problems that accompany the substance abuse even worse.

    CRAFT: An approach that gets people into treatment

    There is an alternate, non-confrontational, scientifically-validated approach to managing the problem. This approach is outlined in the books Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening  and Beyond Addiction, How Science & Kindness Help People Change. Using Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT) these books teach family members and friends how to improve their own lives while at the same time providing skills for improving their relationship with their loved one. In repeated clinical trials, CRAFT’s approach proved twice as likely Continue reading